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Vintners launch European venture

By ANDREA DECKERT - 10/7/2013 4:53:06 PM

Three Finger Lakes vintners are increasing their global presence with the launch of a new European business venture.

Scott Osborn of Fox Run Vineyards Inc., John Martini of Anthony Road Wine Co. and Chris Missick of Villa Bellangelo are working with European partner Christian Claessens to create New York Wines SARL, a Luxembourg-based Finger Lakes European importing company.

The business will import and distribute Finger Lakes wines into European markets, starting this month, officials said. The first markets of focus will be Belgium and Luxembourg, with more to follow next year.

Fox Run is in five international markets, including the United Kingdom and the Philippines, and Anthony Road distributes in Japan and Singapore. This will be the first venture for Villa Bellangelo outside of the United States, the partners said.

Scott Osborn, owner of Fox Run, said the timing is right for the venture, noting the wineries have received favorable responses from international shows.

“Everyone knows the New York name and the excitement is there to learn more about our cool-climate estate wines,” Osborn said. “We are also going into these markets well-positioned with a beautiful portfolio and competitive pricing."

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